Scores arrested during protest against Belarus’ president

KYIV, Ukraine — Countless girls calling for its authoritarian president to resign in Belarus’ capital on Saturday, continuing the big demonstrations which have rocked the country since early August.

Police blocked off the middle of Minsk and detained over 80 demonstrators, according to the Viasna human rights association. A number of those detained were chased down by authorities in building courtyards in which they had been hoping to take refuge, Viasna explained.

Protests, undoubtedly the greatest and most persistent in Belarus since independence from the Soviet Union in 1991, started Aug. 9 following an election that officials stated gave President Alexander Lukashenko a sixth term in office.

Opponents and a few poll workers state the outcome, where Lukashenko was tallied with 80 percent service, were manipulated.

Despite wide-scale detentions of both demonstrators and the arrest of several prominent opposition figures, the protests have not shown signs of abating. Lukashenko further afield competitions this week by taking the oath of office to get a new semester in an unanticipated ceremony.

Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya,” Lukashenko’s most important election competition who went to exile in Lithuania following the vote, chased the feminine demonstrators and derided the authorities in a statement.

“What about the guys themselves, who, concealing their faces, use force against girls? She explained.

The election and Lukashenko’s defiance of those protesters have come under strong criticism in the West, also Tsikhanouskaya this month urged that the United Nations send tracks to Belarus. The nation’s foreign minister will tackle the U.N. General Assembly after Saturday.

A large protest is expected on Sunday, normally the day which sees the largest demonstrations bringing crowds estimated at around 200,000.

Lukashenko, a former collective farm supervisor, was in office since 1994. Throughout this time he’s repressed opposition and independent news websites and retained all the nation’s economy under Soviet-style country management.


This story was corrected to show it will be the Belarusian foreign ministry that speaks to this U.N. General Assembly, not Lukashenko.